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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-29 Magasin du monde

Magasin du monde

Students committed to promoting the values of solidarity and social justice through the sale of fair-trade products

For the fourth year in a row, students at école d'éducation internationale de Laval high school have fervently demonstrated that action taken locally can have a large-scale impact at the other side of the world thanks to their Magasin du monde project. Through the sale of fair-trade products, these young entrepreneurs promote the values of solidarity and social justice while optimizing their engagement by setting up awareness campaigns. In addition to acquiring administrative, marketing and management skills, the students strictly follow the principles of the redistribution of wealth. During the first three years they were open, they donated all their profits, which totalled over $3,000, to support international projects carried out by Oxfam-Québec and help a local organization to pursue its mission.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-29 Atelier de réparation de vélos

Atelier de réparation de vélos

Students committed to giving abandoned bicycles a second life and offering them to students from less fortunate families

Three years ago, when Jean-François Paquette, a teacher at Saint-Jean-Baptiste high school, noticed that a lot of students didn’t own a bike to get around, he decided to remedy the situation. To do so, he set up a bike repair shop with the help of a small group of young people with the goal of refurbishing abandoned bicycles and then giving them to students from less fortunate families. After finding just a few bikes here there and everywhere at the beginning, the crew started forging ties with public partners, which enabled them to get their hands on a greater number of bikes. Although they only managed to recondition and donate a few bikes the first year, Mr. Paquette and his team of young volunteers gave away 44 bicycles free of charge last year, thereby providing students with an active means of transport that helps them stay in shape.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-29 Défi Pierre Lavoie

Défi Pierre Lavoie

Students committed to improving their fitness and lifestyle through a rallying project

Running the 275 kilometres separating Montréal and Québec City, in one direction or the other, is a challenge students at Mgr-A.-M.-Parent high school have been taking up for the past six years. The project, which is part of the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie, provides support to the student participants through a carefully structured training program and offers an unparalleled group experience. As for the goal, to each his own: weight loss, fitness, healthy eating habits, desire for success, academic motivation or new friendships, anything goes. Rain or shine, the group of runners hit the streets surrounding the school in order to be in top shape when the big day finally arrives. And on the day in question, by taking it in turns, they will cover the entire distance in approximately 30 hours and each participant will have run the equivalent of a marathon. When all is said and done, they will each have attained their personal goal while realizing they all have something in common: perseverance.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STAFF MEMBER AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-29 Audrey Dunn

Audrey Dunn

A teacher committed to enabling students to discover their own individuality and thrive through dance

Through her passion for dance and teaching, Audrey Dunn has succeeded, in a period of only a few years, to not only impressively increase the scope of the dance program at Cavelier-De LaSalle high school, but also enable it to gain the esteem and recognition it deserves in the eyes of everyone. Audrey is an inexhaustible source of motivation and outdoes herself in creativity when it comes to suggesting stimulating and rallying projects for her students. Whether it’s through the “Dieux de la danse Cavelier”, “La danse du NOUS” and “La danse du respect” projects, the graduating class’s Flashmob or the creation of choreographies for open house events and performances when touring elementary schools, Audrey Dunn tirelessly strives to get as many students involved as possible while promoting fairness and an openness to others. Her steadfast mission is to enable her students to grow through dance!


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STAFF MEMBER AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-28 Sylvie Blanchet

Sylvie Blanchet

A teacher committed to encouraging her students to reach their true potential in terms of artistic expression and ecological commitment

Sylvie Blanchet had been a dance teacher at Saint-Louis college for many years now and has seen hundreds and hundreds of students pass through her classroom. In a desire to help each and every one of them experience the joys of being fully committed and discover their true potential through dance, she has set up a thousand and one different projects. For the past few years, she has also been using her leadership skills and devoting time and energy to the green committee’s “Les Semelles vertes” activity. The activity she helped set up now has eight subcommittees and 180 student volunteers who carry out various projects, such as the creation of an environmental mural, the installation of spouts for refilling sustainable bottles on all the school water fountains, and activities that aim to reduce food waste. Sylvie’s message is simple: to bring about change, all you have to do is believe.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STAFF MEMBER AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-28 Mathieu Chénier

Mathieu Chénier

A teacher committed to passing on a culture of excellence to his student athletes

Mathieu Chénier, a physical education teacher at Saint-Laurent high school, sees sport as a source of motivation for academic success. He believes so strongly in this that he shows up at school every morning at 7 to unlock the doors to the gym so students can practice or play sports before class. As the basketball coach and the person in charge of school supervision, he also has the chance to pass on to students the values of commitment and personal excellence, both in sports and their studies. Since academic success is not always a given for some student athletes, by advocating a culture of excellence, Mathieu manages to turn things around. And when the low income of certain families proves to be an obstacle, he organizes fundraising activities to make sure every student is given a chance.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STAFF MEMBER AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-28 Isabelle Chiasson

Isabelle Chiasson

A special education technician committed to using sport to keep young people in school

When Isabelle Chiasson started working at Dorval-Jean XXIII high school four years ago as a special education technician, she wanted to get involved with students in a meaningful way. As an avid basketball player, she noticed that the program and teams needed a little spark so she decided to turn her favourite sport into a motivational tool. Her goal was simple: to give student athletes who play basketball at school, most of whom are from underprivileged backgrounds, the opportunity to adopt a sports-studies mind set, and want to stay in school and get their diploma. With her passion for young people, energy and persistency, Isabelle successfully converts losses into gains, enabling her team to win the championships as well as increasing the number of school sports teams. But more importantly, thanks to her leadership, she has put her athletes back on the road to success and self-esteem.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STAFF MEMBER AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-28

Mohamed Aliba

A sports coordinator committed to fostering a love of learning and accountability among students

Mohamed Aliba believes that it is vital to take an interest in students if we want them to succeed and he is one of those people who knows the importance of having a 360-degree view of teaching. All Mohamed’s colleagues agree that this sports coordinator at Paul-Gérin-Lajoie-d’Outremont high school has significantly helped improve the overall atmosphere at school since he started working there four years ago. Among other things, the number of sports teams has risen from 7 to 18, enabling more than a third of students to practice sports. But it is also thanks to his dedication that a sports committee was set up, as well as the Persévérance-Engagement-Plein air and Nuit du cinema projects. Through his compassion and leadership, he helps young people adopt a healthy lifestyle, develop a love of learning, become more responsible and persevere in order to be better prepared for the future.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STAFF MEMBER AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-28 Carole Dupuis

Carole Dupuis

A teacher committed to finding work placements for all her students to help get them off to a good start

Carole Dupuis has been a special education teacher for 25 years now and has always strived towards the same goal, that of making sure every student has the opportunity to get their working life off to a good start. To attain this goal at Horizon-Jeunesse high school where she teaches young people with severe language disorders, Carole develops ties with numerous partners so that her students can obtain work placements and also scours the region hunting for future jobs for them. She helps students prepare for their interviews, accompanies them when needed and liaises with their family, putting her heart and soul into everything she does to support the development of her students. When it’s deemed necessary, she attends the interviews to reassure a potential employer, promote the skills of the future employee and make sure that any taboos are broken.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-27 Dave-Juno Robas

Dave-Juno Robas

A student committed to changing his attitude and behaviour in order to pursue his dream of higher education

Sometimes all it takes is one small trigger to turn a potential dropout into an actively involved and high achieving student. For Dave-Juno Robas, this trigger was football. In a period of just a few years, this student at Curé-Antoine-Labelle high school, who had a high record of absenteeism and was constantly failing in French and mathematics, has become someone who aspires to start pursuing higher education studies as early as next fall. And it is his resourcefulness, resilience and ability to meet challenges that have made all the difference. To continue to be in the football concentration program, he had to put in twice as much effort, taking summer courses and receiving tutoring during the school year in order to obtain the extra credits he needed. Dave-Juno fully deserves this achievement, all the more so because he also has to work in order to personally pay for the costs of his sports activities.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-27 Abderrahmane Atri

Abderrahmane Atri

A student committed to helping his family get through a terrible ordeal caused by illness

Nothing is worse for a family than to see illness surreptitiously encroach on their daily lives. A year ago, Abderrahmane Atri’s family was hit by this bitter blow of fate and as a result the life trajectory of this student at École d’éducation internationale de Laval went totally off course. As the eldest child, Abderrahmane must now contribute financially to help meet his family’s needs. And because this forced him to change the way he manages his time, he has to work twice as hard to keep up the pace at school. Far from seeing this as a burden, Abderrahmane instead seizes every opportunity to take on more responsibilities and give of his time to his community, while making it his duty to support his little brother in this time of adversity. Even though he’d have every reason to slow down, Abderrahmane perseveres, repeating to himself that brighter days lie ahead.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-27 Marwa Mashael

Marwa Mashael

A student committed to rebuilding her life in a new country after experiencing the hardships of war

Marwa Mashael was only 7 years old when, living in Syria in the grip of civil war, she was first exposed to fear, anguish, poverty, hunger and vagrancy. This life lasted four years. When she arrived in Québec in 2014, a whole new world opened up to Marwa, but she also faced the daunting challenges posed by a new language and culture. At the tender age of 11, she had only one goal in mind: to successfully integrate. She was first assigned to a reception class where, after just a few months, she gained a good enough command of French to give a presentation about her native country and participate in discussions. Conscientious and motivated, Marwa then managed to get accepted, thanks to her efforts, at Dorval-Jean XXIII high school where she continues to make progress and now even cherishes the dream of setting up a student committee to support newcomers in the reception class.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-27 Marie-Maude Painchaud-Bergeron

Marie-Maude Painchaud-Bergeron

A student committed to making her brothers and sisters, as well as her academic success, one of her top priorities

Because of a special family dynamic and as the eldest child, Marie-Maude Painchaud-Bergeron very quickly had to take on the role of mother to her brothers and sisters, and therefore sometimes had no other option than to neglect her schoolwork. But thanks to her loving and helpful grandparents, Marie-Maude found the strength to persevere at Monseigneur-Richard high school despite the tremendous challenges. By asking her teachers for help, attending remedial classes and staying strong, Marie-Maude has managed to maintain enviable grade averages in certain subjects and improve in others. Moreover, sports and extracurricular activities have allowed her to further demonstrate her tenacity as well as providing her with an alternative way of occupying her mind. She is not only a member of most of the school sports teams, she was also her class representative and volunteers at special events.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-27 Kushala Allken

Kushala Allken

A student committed to triumphing over a degenerative disease and graduating from high school

When she first arrived at André-Laurendeau high school in 2011, Kushala Allken was enrolled in transition classes due to her learning gaps. This coming June, if everything goes according to plan, Kushala will successfully complete her secondary education. For her, this is a tremendous feat because she suffers from Morquio Syndrome, a degenerative disease which for Kushala results in a decrease in muscle strength and, over the years, has led to numerous hospital stays. Despite frequent absences from school, Kushala has always shown steadfast determination in her studies. A true fighter, she has never let her illness get the better of her academic success, taking advantage of every available remedial class in order to maintain the pace. And today, her greatest dream is to become a paralegal.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-27 Charles-Antoine Turcotte

Charles-Antoine Turcotte

A student committed to being a source of inspiration for all those seeking personal excellence

Descried as an altruistic, charismatic and dedicated teenager, Charles-Antoine Turcotte has become a source of inspiration for many young people. After learning how to deal with his own learning disabilities (dyslexia, dysorthographia and attention deficit), this Mgr-A.-M.-Parent high school student decided to draw on his experience and share it as a means of motivating students at risk of dropping out. He does the same as a supervisor in the cadet corps, as a participating athlete in the Défi Pierre Lavoie and as a volunteer at the Défi sportif AlterGo. At every opportunity, he is there to motivate and encourage anyone striving for personal excellence. He pursues this same goal when it comes to chaperoning new students and in his role as homework tutor. In short, Charles-Antoine inspires confidence in everything he does.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-27 Daniela Brito Morales

Daniela Brito Morales

A student committed to never again allowing her learning disabilities to take over her life

Daniela Brito Morales was born in Colombia and for a long time attributed her learning difficulties to the fact that she was a newcomer here. When she began high school however, the reasons behind her many setbacks finally came to light: dyslexia, dysorthographia and attention deficit disorder. This Saint-Laurent high school student immediately began receiving assistance adapted to her specific needs and gradually began to improve her grades and regain confidence in herself. It was almost as if a new Daniela had been born. She persevered, caught up in her schoolwork and became more open to others. She also decided to join the school soccer team to release the surplus energy that was affecting her ability to concentrate in class and began exploring various extracurricular activities by becoming a member of the student council, the student radio and both the green and sports committees.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-27 Abigaël Arseneault

Abigaël Arseneault

A student committed to turning her high school years into an enriching entrepreneurial experience

Abigaël Arseneault, a dysphasic student in the work-oriented training program at Horizon Jeunesse high school, surprised everyone when she decided one day to set up laundry services at her school. With her thirst for learning and quest for personal excellence, Abigaël saw this entrepreneurial project as a way of preparing for her future. After successfully convincing her teachers of the viability of the project, she started to develop her market and promote the Buanderie d’Abigaël laundry. She was only awarded a few contracts at first but, thanks to the quality of her services, it didn’t take long before her order book started to fill up. In fact, she even had to add a new washer and dryer and recruit another student to help her out. Through her engagement, Abigaël has now had a taste of success and become a role model for other students.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-27 Audrey Plante-Mailloux

Audrey Plante-Mailloux

A student committed to contributing to the dynamism of her school environment and to the well-being of her fellow students

Audrey Plante-Mailloux makes no secret of the fact that she loves her school and gets involved so that everyone else loves it just as much. This student at Cavelier-De LaSalle high school believes that there’s always a solution to every problem. She shares this way of looking at life as a member of the student council where, over the past three years, she has helped carry out numerous projects including one advocating the adoption of a school uniform, the Festival du NOUS and an entrepreneurship fair. As an active team member of the Magasin du monde, a student coffee shop that sells fair trade products, she helps with the management and is very proud to have played a part in raising more than $22,000 over the past five years for an orphanage in Haiti. What sets Audrey apart more than anything else are her leadership skills and ability to mobilize other students so that they too can get involved and help make their school more dynamic and stimulating.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-27 Myriam Boileau

Myriam Boileau

A student committed to using inclusive leadership when creating rallying projects

Myriam Boileau believes that where there’s a will, there’s a way! She proved this with her project to open a student coffee shop to fill a void in her school’s available dining options in the afternoon. She was only in Secondary 1 at Paul-Gérin-Lajoie-d’Outremont when she came up with the idea but she rallied other students to her cause and her efforts finally paid off: the Crok’ Dedans coffee shop opened its doors and is now a popular spot with students. This is a perfect example of the type of inclusive leadership that Myriam always assumes. Because although the coffee shop was her idea, it’s thanks to all those that she managed to mobilize, and still mobilizes today, that the project became a reality and a success. And she applies these same principles of mutual aid and cooperation to her involvement with the student council, which allows her to contribute to the quality of student life and of which she is currently, in her last year of high school, the president.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-27 Frédérique Bordeleau

Frédérique Bordeleau

A student committed to fostering a sense of belonging to school among students

Frédérique Bordeleau’s student engagement began long before she started secondary school but she turned her years at Pierre-Laporte high school into yet another opportunity to help invigorate student life and foster a sense of belonging at school among students. To achieve this, among other things, she has served as class representative and the student parliament’s minister of the environment, as well as being a delegate for the Table unifiée des conseils étudiants and the Académie du développement durable, where she oversaw the implementation of an awareness campaign. Always attentive to the needs of others and a talented mobilizer, Frédérique never hesitates to consult her peers in order to find solutions to different issues or set up rallying projects. Convinced of the importance of fighting for greater social justice, she took part in an Amnesty International conference and a fundraiser for Haiti.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2017-06-27 Nathan Hurteau

Nathan Hurteau

A student committed to passing in forward, at school and in his community

Nathan Hurteau is recognized as a model of commitment, both at school and in his community. In Iberville, he has regularly lent a hand at the Centre d’action bénévole, has organized activities for the elderly, taken part in United Way campaigns and the Guignolée food drive and volunteered at the Winter carnival. At Marcel-Landry high school, in addition to playing football for five seasons and coaching a team of younger students, he has hosted just about every type of gala and event, has tutored weaker students and, as president of the student council, relaunched the student radio as well as a number of lunchtime activities. And Nathan did all these things in a desire to bring about positive change and push back boundaries. He humbly sees his involvement as a means of giving back to his community and school for everything they have given to him.


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